Iranian iPhone users blocked from App Store: Reports

A screen grab by an iPhone user. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 16, 2018, 08.18 AM (IST)

Apple has reportedly blocked its app store access in Iran from Thursday afternoon.

What appears to be a ban, users are not able to install or uninstall any application, instead, the screen shows a message saying 'the App Store is unavailable in the country region you're in' on their screen.

The app store restriction is IP address based as users have reported using the app store through virtual private network (VPN).

A tech support site Bleeping computer also quoted a researcher in their report saying that he was only able to access app store through VPN.

Apple has not issued any official statement regarding the restricted access.

Apple already does not sell its products in Iran due to US-imposed economic sanctions.

People import their iPhone from other countries.

Being a US company Apple has restricted its access in other ways in the past.

In 2017 all apps made by Iranian developers were removed from the store.

Many people on Twitter showed an outrage toward the company for blocking app store access.

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